This story is beautifully written. The characters are well developed and the descriptions of the scenery are so wonderful that I often felt I was right there. Either on the beach or sitting in the car of the train. Well done.
The story is mostly about Annika who lives in Australia. The time is just short years after the end of World War 2. Annika has married the love of her life, Mac. They have an almost 10 year old daughter, Isabel. They live is a house that overlooks the beach and Mac works for the railway which runs along the coast of Australia. The other main characters of the book are Dr. Frank Draper and Roy McKinnon.
Both Dr. Draper and Roy saw the horror of the war. Roy, a poet, can no longer write the beautiful poetry he once wrote. And the doctor carries a huge amount of guilt from being unable to save the people in the death camps. Roy, Frank, and Annika's story become interwoven when Mac suddenly dies in a train wreck.
The story deals with a lot of grief. The lost love of Annika. The lost writing abilities of Roy. And the losses of life for Frank. They each are grieving in their own ways.
I felt the ending was hurried and didn't end the way I would have wished. But that is what makes me continue to think about the book even after I have put it aside. The "what could have been." But isn't that true about life too? Don't we often dwell on "what would life have been like" if such and such had not happened? Or if only this would have happened? A sad, haunting story! I am giving it **** four stars!